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Forum topic by gdrawdy posted 01-21-2011 07:15 PM 1218 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-21-2011 07:15 PM

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Hello all, This is my first post. I always thought I was fairly proficient at wood working until I started looking at all of the finished projects that have been posted. WOW is all I can say. I’ve made queen anne coffee tables, dove tailed drawers, a small chest of drawers, grandfather clocks, farm tables, and lots of Adirondacks…..but much of these were more or less with a primitive look. They were not the art work that I am seeing posted in the projects sections.

Well now that I have seen what could be done…I want to do it and have decided my first project will be a small \ med box \ humidor. I looked at a ton of the humidors that were posted but cant tell what the best practices are for these types of projects. For example, do you fasten the cedar lining or let it float, do you seal the inside of the box before adding the lining, are dove tailed corners of any interest or are hidden corners the way to go, the laminate pieces look great but I don’t know where to buy or how to design, is there a preferred wood for the box so that it wont warp when the humidity gets in play, how do I ensure my box is square and that the lid closes snugly, do you round over the cedar where the lit hits it on the inside or outside edge, etc etc etc…...

If anyone has any thoughts or ideas (or pictures) I would love to see them!

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#1 posted 01-26-2011 05:29 AM

I’ve never built a humidor. I notice your laminated wood question though. I do use laminated wood sometimes in things like jewelry boxes. Mostly, I take a big piece of wood. I rip it up. Width depends on your own personal choice. I’ll mix those pieces up to give it a different look. sometimes I’ll move some of the pieces around to get the best look in my opinion. Glue them back together. Then plane both sides flat using my planer.
From there though, I think a lot of the questions you asked, like choice of joinery technique for the corners, whether to round over corners, and such, are matters of personal opinion. If you’re going for a certain look, then find a design you like and duplicate those ideas. More speciific questions are best answered by some others on this site who have built humidors.
I apologize noone had answered your post befor now. In your case, I am sure that others who have built one of these have just not noticed your post. We get so many posts here that it is hard to see them all. I stumbled across it only because of my health. I get down sometimes and lurk around to break my boredom and depression. That’s what I’m doing tonight, and one of the things I do is look at unanswered posts to see if I can be of assisitance on them.
Might I suggest sending a PM to a couple of members here that have built humidors?
If you look through the projects, I’m sure you can find someone who’s built one.
There’s many ways to build a square box. sometimes, the method of joinery you use will square it up. To check squareness though, this is the method I use. Hook your tape maeasure on one of the back corners and measure to the opposite corner on the front. Now measure from the other back corner to the other front opposite corner. If the box is perfectly square, the two measurements will be exactly the same.
Oh! And by the way. Welcome to Lumberjocks.


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#2 posted 01-26-2011 06:34 AM

For design ideas go to your local Pipe or Cigar store, they should have plenty of them to check out. Or do a search here for Humidors, I am sure you will find some.

Goodluck and have fun, oh and post pictures of what you come up with.

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